This week’s Netflix Movie comes courtesy of The Adventures of Tintin. This movie came out in 2011 and is a 3D animated film based off the old French comic books of the same name. Some of you may recall the excellent TV show that came from the comics as well. How does the film stack up against the TV show and the comics and more importantly does it hold true to the series? Find out more!
The Adventures of Tintin follows the intrepid reporter Tintin (Jamie Bell) on the search for a new story when a recent purchase of a small scale model of the Unicorn ship puts him on the radar of nefarious plot that goes all the way back to the 1900s. Being caught up in the mess is Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), a member of the Haddock bloodline, which is tied to a vast secret. Chasing them through different locals is Sakharine (Daniel Craig) as he is searching for the secrets of the Unicorn.
This movie just looks fantastic. Of all the 3D animated films I’ve seen, The Adventures of Tintin look the best. I think the reason that draws me is the fact that the animations don’t really try to too hard to be overly real while at the same time maintaining that cartoon style that everyone knows and loves. It’s not trying to be Avatar by any means it’s a far step up from what some other 3D animated films with humans does. If you are a fan of the original source material (TV show or comic) then you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what’s in store for you.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised with how faithful the movie is to the original source material, especially in particular to The Secret of the Unicorn comic which this movie is based on. Of course the origin story of how Captain Haddock and Tintin met had to be changed but the main story from the comic is still there. They are still search for the lost treasure that Sir Francis Haddock left behind. I think the order in which the movie goes with fits better overall mostly cause the writers had to accommodate for the fact that this would be the origins story for Tintin and Haddock.
I still can’t believe that I missed this film in theaters. The Adventures of Tintin lends itself fully to my theory that 3D animated movies work best with 3D glasses. This movie was a blast to watch and the numerous references to the comics was welcome. There is even a Hot Fuzz reference by one of the Thompson twins, which, if you do your research, will realize that not only are the Thompson twins played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, but the movie was also written by Edgar Wright. If you don’t understand their connection then that’s fine, I’ll love you all the same. For Steven Spielberg’s first go at 3D animated movie I’d say he made a strong impact for me.